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Commissioning elders & deacons

03 Mar

Our church, First Central Baptist Church of Chicopee, MA, is making the transition from a deacon-led church to an elder-led church. We took 17 couples through a year-long Bible study of Elders & Leaders to train them for their new roles and responsibilities. I have been preaching through 1 Timothy to help prepare the congregation. In our worship service yesterday, we commissioned the elders, deacons, and congregation and reminded each one of what Scripture says about their respective responsibilities.

ELDERS

The elders serve as shepherds and overseers of the church. They work together to feed, lead, guard, care, and model Christlike character for the flock.

Pastor

Elders

Will you strive to meet the character qualities specified for elders in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1?

We will.

Will you willingly shepherd the flock God has entrusted to your care?

We will.

Will you teach biblical truth and sound doctrine?

We will.

Will you help equip people for service?

We will.

Will you lead the church as overseers, supervising and managing the church well, ensuring that all things are done with integrity?

We will.

Will you guard the flock against false teachers?

We will.

Will you pray for the sick?

We will.

Will you serve as examples of Christlike character for the church?

We will.

Will you serve together as a team, sharing responsibility for leadership and   oversight?

We will.

Will you work together to keep the church focused on achieving the purpose God has   called us to?

We will.

DEACONS

While the elders have a fixed job description, the deacons have a flexible one. They follow   the direction of the elders and serve wherever needed to help meet the practical needs of the church.  This allows the elders to focus on the ministries of teaching and prayer.

Pastor

Deacons

Will you strive to meet the character qualities specified for deacons in   1 Timothy 3?

We will.

Will you follow the direction of the elders and assist them wherever needed?

We will.

Will you help the elders in caring for the practical needs of the congregation?

We will.

Will you manage the benevolence fund with integrity and compassion?

We will.

 CONGREGATION

The congregation is responsible to respect their leaders and submit to their authority. They are to honor those who serve well.

Pastor

Congregation

Will you honor the deacons for their service and grant them good standing among you?

We will.

Will you obey the elders and joyfully submit to their leadership?

We will.

Will you treat the elders with honor and respect since they watch over your souls?

We will.

Will you pray that God grants your elders and deacons a sense of joy as they serve   Christ?

We will.

Click on the link if you’d like a pdf copy of the commissioning statements.

 

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